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In 1859 Great Britain and the United States almost went to war over ownership of the San Juan Islands. Ignited by the shooting of a British boar by an American farmer, the flames of war were fanned on both sides by nationalistic fervor in the military, the public, and the press. But peace was ultimately chosen over war, with the single casualty of the Pig War being the eponymous pig.The flames of war were fanned on both sides by hot-headed public officials and their nationalistic newspapers. But peace was ultimately chosen over war. Mike Vouri's lively account of the crazy Pig War on San Juan Island has lessons for us today.
Ranger Michael Vouri worked for San Juan Island National Historical Park as the Chief of Interpretation and Historian. The San Juan National Park celebrates the memory of the Pig War, one of the few examples in our country’s history of diplomacy triumphing over war. Mike’s passion for the Pig War is inspired by his tour of duty in Vietnam. Mike speaks with conviction about the merits of peace over war,” as demonstrated by the Pig War.
Bellingham TheatreWorks debuts the comedy Mrs. Bave Presents the Pig War Friday, Saturday and Sunday; September 8, 9, 10 and 15, 16, 17. All shows at 7:30pm at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center in Fairhaven. $15 tickets are available from Village Books, at the door, or online at www.BellinghamTheatreWorks.org.
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